Loomis Chaffee - Review #3
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2014-2018|
|Sports and Activities:||I participated in many student organizations, such as honor societies, student government based organizations, science based ones and volunteer based ones. I was president of an honor society and two academic based clubs. Becoming a club officer was definitely a commitment, but you should only go out for organizations that you would not mind giving your time to.|
|College Enrolled:||New York University|
|Home Town, State:||Brick, New Jersey, NJ|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The location of the school definitely shaped the school dynamic of Loomis. It isn’t necessarily isolated but it’s formed in a very large location of its own. As a result, Loomis is very secure for the students and definitely draws different people into Loomis.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
One of the best things that I had done was become involved in student research through the school. Loomis offers those opportunities to high school students!!! If you go out there and use all of your resources you will definitely make the most out of your experience. You should bask in the independence that you are provided with.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have told my freshman self to stop stressing. I entered with very high expectations and doubts of myself. When entering such a competitive school, you must be able to relax. I should have made the most out of my first year and befriended many people and gone out to have fund. I spent a lot of my first years stressing and yet in my last years, I have had a more enjoyable experience while doing better in my academic courses.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
What I liked the most was how diverse the student body was. Students at Loomis came from all over the world and it was absolutely incredible. Many different languages could be heard solely around the halls and that made the classes so much more amazing. The diversity at Loomis really shaped my values and opinions because of the experiences I had with many different kinds of people and personalities.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Make the most out of your experience!!! Loomis is incredible because of how much freedom you have. Join clubs! Make friends! Go out! It’s alright to have fun. You’re going to stress out of course, but learn time management and realize that not everything is the end of the world. When you’re young, you CAN mess up.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I appreciated most about the academics was that they were in fact very challenging as I hoped. I went into the process looking for a challenge and I definitely received one. The teachers and my peers are all very intelligent and are all there with a purpose. It was clear that the teachers excelled in there field and the students were thriving in the environment. It’s clear to me that I am a prepared for college.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
My experience with the athletic department was very excellent. The coaches focused on assisting as many students as they could. There was various sports open for participation for all sorts of people. Regardless of your experience, you would be able to find something that worked for you.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I found amazing was the availability of finding courses in the arts and the amount of spaces open for practice. Whether you were simply interested in broadening your interests or looking to go into an artistic career, you were welcomed to participate. The school made sure to provide resources and employ wonderful teachers with great amounts of experience.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were numerous student organizations and volunteer opportunities. Regardless of what you were interested in pursuing, there was definitely an organization for you. I absolutely enjoyed all of my organizations because it was clear how involved the student body was. You could found your own club if one was surprisingly not already created and there would definitely be new members because of how much people wanted to be involved.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The rooms were spacious enough and there was definitely a variety of food for the students. However, incoming students should remember the rules of the dorms. The dorms are not like college and do get checked and the school has expectations as to how the students should act with the freedom they are given.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There is a fair selection of food along with junk food and deserts. The cafeteria is very large due to the amount of students at the school, but that does not mean they are always full. The snug was also a place that students definitely migrated to because of how it was set up. One can spend however long they want eating in the cafeteria, which makes going to the school that much better.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town was absolutely beautiful because it definitely felt like there were parts that seemed like a college town. There were so many activities that you could go out and do with your friends and there were many very good restaurants nearby. There were plenty of grocery stores and areas to eat and hang out around town. The school is located in a very picturesque are and it’s definitely a beautiful place to spend four years.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The lack of cliques was definitely something distinguishing. While one could have there own friend group, you would also easily be accepted into another. People weren’t very mean of superior regardless of wealth or class. The friend that you would meet would definitely be in your life for a very long time. You were given the ability to go to school and dorm with people from all over the world who all had very different stories and backgrounds.
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